Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the nation’s oldest and largest organization with a primary mission to serve young people from disadvantaged circumstances. Since 1860, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has grown to over 3,000 Clubs reaching more than three million deserving kids in neighborhoods across America.
Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County opened its first Club Unit in partnership with the City of Frederick's Housing Authority at Sagner Village Public Housing Community. This Unit offered after-school programs for low-income children at a nominal cost, which would be waived if the family had financial challenges.
In 2004, the Club moved to a location at Monocacy Middle School. Positive results led to a second Club Unit at Crestwood Middle School in 2005. In June 2007, BGCFC partnered again, with Frederick City, and began operating after-school programs and summer programs at the Burck Street Youth Center, located at 413 Burck Street. In 2009, the Club expanded again at West Frederick, Brunswick and Governor Thomas Johnson Middle Schools as well as the Monocacy, Crestwood and Burck Street locations.
April 2010 was a big month for Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County. We officially became a chartered organization with Boys & Girls Club of America. This brought to fruition the dream the board of directors had since 2002.
Membership in the Boys & Girls Club has a lasting impact – 57% of national alumni say that the Club saved their life, 67% say the Club taught them to "say no” to drugs and alcohol, and 28% say they would have dropped out of high school if not for the Club. The Club also helps families by supervising children so that parents can work. With programs located in the poorest schools and neighborhoods in Frederick, Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County works daily with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Club offers young people what they want and need most – adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves.